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November 16th, 2006:
Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg
) is a top London cop. In fact, he makes everyone else around him look bad. As a result, his jealous colleagues conspire against him and have him transferred to the sleepy West Country village of Sandford. His intense, testosterone-packed nights in the city have now been replaced by neighborhood watch meetings and elementary school appearances. Even worse, Angel is coupled with a new partner, the hapless, but well-meaning Danny Butterman (Nick Frost
), who dreams of being the next Mel Gibson
-type hero. The two eventually stumble onto a series of suspicious accidents that suddenly make Angelís life a lot more interesting. Motivated by the events and convinced of foul play, he now sees Sandford as a far less idyllic place than he originally thought.What to Expect:
The team that brought us the witty, gruesome, and even genuinely sweet horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead is at it again. Writer-director Edgar Wright
ís parody flipped the zombie genre upside down as it blended humor and gore with quite sincere human drama. In fact, despite the frequently satirical nature of the film, it has been hailed by many as the best zombie movie since George A. Romeroís classic 1978 Dawn of the Dead. Shaun of the Dead was a sleeper hit, but now Wright has made enough of a name for himself for Hot Fuzz to actually be considered an anticipated release, even if only among the most die hard fans of his previous effort. Article continues below
The film reunites Wright with his co-writer and star Simon Pegg and Hollywood has been buzzing about both. Wright already has several future projects in development, including the Jack Black comedy
. Pegg was last seen opposite Tom Cruise
in Mission: Impossible III
. Take note of both names. The script for Hot Fuzz, which the two claim to be far more ambitious than the one for Shaun of the Dead, was once again written specifically for Pegg and his frequent co-star Nick Frost. The pairing always seems to generate effortless comedic interplay. In fact, the threesome appears to have terrific chemistry and have proven to be a true comedy team in the past films and shorts they have worked on together.
Hot Fuzz will be yet another genre blending picture from the trio. It will work as both an homage to and a satire of the many cop films of the past. In interviews, Wright has specifically referenced flicks like Lethal Weapon and has admitted to enjoying the many Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris movies that could provide some wild sources for material. The title itself, where Fuzz is a British slang term for police, is a nod to the numerous two-word titles like Red Heat or Delta Force. According to Wright, there are tons of British gangster films being produced, but no real cop dramas or action pictures. It may be due to the fact that British cops are generally looked down upon as some of the uncoolest law enforcement officials in the world. Hot Fuzz will attempt to change that image.
Reportedly, the shoot has been absolutely grueling physically and this is not going to be some wimpy UK import. The film will be full of action and stunts and the filmmakers have had to work around the typical English rainy days that hindered the production. Although Frost appears to be his typical jolly self, Pegg has followed an intense regimen to prepare for his part. He has taken courses in weapons training, judo, and bicycle skidding. Thanks to his workouts, he definitely passes for a much more intimidating guy than in Shaun of the Dead.
The many online video blogs from the set have been both interesting and funny. At one point, even Oscar winning director Peter Jackson stopped by to get in on the fun. From the clips, one gets the sense that the approach to this film is uniquely different from traditional movies. Perhaps it is the camaraderie between the stars and the non-self-promotional nature of the clips that feels so fresh. Thereís also a sense that a lot of the gags are like inside jokes that somehow we, as an audience, are allowed to be let in on. British comedy has always been more than just a touch different from the American sense of humor. A film like this could be a breath of fresh air and an enticing alternative to something like Reno 911!: Miami
I am truly convinced that Hot Fuzz will be a funny comedy. Although I would think that the action part will be more difficult to pull off, Iím sure the team will be just as successful at making Hot Fuzz suspenseful as they were with making Shaun of the Dead gory. With quite an impressive group of veteran actors in supporting roles, including Jim Broadbent
, Timothy Dalton
, Bill Nighy
, and Stuart Wilson
, the project looks very promising. It should outperform Shaun of the dead, but American crowds still might need some more convincing as far as British cops are concerned.Similar Titles: Shaun of the Dead